Tablets that run Windows

Submitted: Sunday, Sep 11, 2016 at 17:05
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I can't get over how much easier things are on a PC than an iPad or Android tablet. All sorts of things just seem to work.

As this is often my best source of practical advice for all things off-road, and I'd particularly like to run OziExplorer again in the car on an iPad-sized device, I'd be grateful to know what devices others are using to run Windows & Ozi in-car.

Can we please keep it to Windows tablets - I'm really not interested in iPads or Android tablets.

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Reply By: gbc - Sunday, Sep 11, 2016 at 17:39

Sunday, Sep 11, 2016 at 17:39
Does the surface 4 have gps? My pro 3 doesn't, but it blows my iPad away in every other department.
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Reply By: Mikee5 - Sunday, Sep 11, 2016 at 17:56

Sunday, Sep 11, 2016 at 17:56
I use an ASUS Slate EEEPC 10 inch tablet running Windows 10. I have a USB mouse type GPS and a USB mini keypad which has a trackball mouse in it. I can't fault it all, have been running this for several years now. It sits on a RAM mount between the front seats.
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Reply By: TomH - Sunday, Sep 11, 2016 at 18:30

Sunday, Sep 11, 2016 at 18:30
Yes but much faster tablets now That was a good old model . I have a Sony Duo 11in i5 running windows 10 but as above doesnt have GPS but would be able to hook a USB one to it . mIne also puls up into a laptop.
These ones
Acer
ASUS 2 in 1
Lenovo
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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Sunday, Sep 11, 2016 at 22:43

Sunday, Sep 11, 2016 at 22:43
"I can't get over how much easier things are on a PC than an iPad or Android tablet."


Paul, I'd say more a comment about you rather than the technology.

Personally, I'm happy to leave the blue screen of death at home while travelling remote.

Bob
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Follow Up By: Iza B - Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 05:54

Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 05:54
Totally uncalled for. If you don;t like Windows, keep it to yourself and don't spoil other's search for info.

Iza
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 06:27

Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 06:27
Bob I would say your unsolicited post say more about you than Paul or technology.

If Paul likes windows then I am sure he doesn't need anyone on this forum's permission.
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Follow Up By: Echucan Bob - Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 07:08

Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 07:08
Iza

"Can we please keep it to Windows tablets - I'm really not interested in iPads or Android tablets"

No doubt you'll also be telling the OP to keep his personal preferences to himself too, just for consistencies sake.

Bob
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Reply By: Baz - The Landy - Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 06:38

Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 06:38
I use a Panasonic Toughbook, which turns into a touch screen tablet. Built for military applications and has survived our corrugations!

Panasonic Toughbook and Mount Blog



Cheers, Baz - The Landy
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 06:48

Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 06:48
Possibly a far better choice than a Surface Pro. We've had about 30 Surface's through work and a noticeable proportion have had to be warrantied due to one thing or another.
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 08:23

Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 08:23
I might add, they are not cheap if purchasing brand new (AU$5,000 +). I purchased mine second hand from a company that brings them in from the US and it has a solid state drive.

They can be found on E-bay from AU$400 and upwards.

Whilst mine has an in-built GPS, which works well in the open, I have found it less reliable in the vehicle and I use a Garmin GLO Bluetooth GPS which pairs to the Toughbook.

Cheers, Baz - The Landy
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 08:47

Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 08:47
Thanks Baz. I already have a floor mounted Ram Mount which I was planning to use again, so the separate GPS might be the go. As long as the Bluetooth behaves itself.
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Reply By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 08:42

Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 08:42
Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. Great food for thought. I'm inclined to follow Baz' advice and go the refurb Toughbook, although I'm a bit confused as to which model to buy, as from my preliminary internet searches, none of them seem to list GPS as a feature.

I'm not averse to a separate GPS received, which is what I've been using with my iPad and either Memory or Mud maps for some years, except that it has this infuriating habit of disconnecting itself via Bluetooth for no apparent reason and only reconnects when it feels like it after an infuriating amount of time has been wasted. I've never figured out if this was a iPad thing or a Dual XGPS150 thing, but it was even worse with a little HP Stream 8, that connected with the same GPS beautifully once, but never again. Maybe GPS built-in is the go ??

Time perhaps to go the Facebook and see if any of my mates have a Toughbook I can look at and get a sense of what it's really like up close and personal.
But thanks for the positive input.
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Follow Up By: TomH - Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 09:23

Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 09:23
Why not just get a USB GPS and it wont disconnect Get a stickypad and put it on the dash. Worked for me.
The beauty of a Windoze machine is that it actually has USB unlike that other brand that you cant add anything to to make it more functional.
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 11:43

Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 11:43
The Samsung 12" Galaxy Tab Pro S is a Windows 10 tablet with a great screen and comes with a SIM slot and GPS. I think it is Samsung's only non Android tablet. I've got the Android version as I prefer it, and it's very nice. I expect the Windows version would perform in a similar fashion. Not a lot of Windows tablets with SIM slots and GPS out there really.
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 11:43

Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 11:43
Hi Paul

Not all of the Toughbook's come with GPS it seems, but to be honest, better to connect with a USB or Bluetooth.

I have trailed the Garmin Bluetooth mentioned and have had no problem with it...

Cheers, Baz
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Reply By: Member - Jim - Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 17:40

Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 17:40
Paul

I use a Toshiba Encore (WIn 10) with the maps and waypoints etc. stored on the expansion SD card.
Also use a GSat BT GPS (Bluetooth) for the GPS Data Input.

Run the full PC Version of Ozi and it runs well.

It is an 8" tablet, sitting landscape.

I retired an old WinCE device prior to this.

Cheers,
Jim
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